More than 60 concerts, charity cafes, talks on plants, even a circus big top. This year’s Fèis an Eilein-Skye Festival really does have something for everyone.
Beginning on July 5 with the arrival of Tosta – the festival village from Donastia in the Basque Country - the giant event, now celebrating its 25th anniversary, has something taking place virtually every day right through until the grand finale on Wednesday 24 August with Blazin Fiddles in concert.
Fèis an Eilein or the Skye Festival was created by SEALL in 1991 as a joint venture with the Short courses at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, who needed a marquee for two weeks of classes. It seemed suitable for SEALL to create an evening programme of events to use that space and so the Festival was born.
The Festival developed over the next few years in the new buildings at SMO and other venues in Sleat and continued in its two week format for 19 years until 2009.
In 2007 it was voted the Best Community Event of the Year of Highland Culture. In those years the programme included around 90 events in two weeks including providing a stage for young performers from the area and a range of visiting touring musicians and companies, including many of the best known traditional bands, world music, jazz, theatre events and orchestras. It provided employment and an opportunity for many young people to get involved in its running.
In 2010 the Festival did not take place but over the next four years Fèis an Eilein , the name used for a set of summer concerts, was kept relatively low key before the Festival was brought firmly back to life in 2014 and adopted its event packed, two month long programme.
So if you want to find out what’s on and where to go just follow the link here to find out more.